Billy Ocean Similar Artists

The Pointer Sisters - 100% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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These four sisters, Anita (23 January 1948), Bonnie (b. 11 July 1951), Ruth (b. 19 March 1946) and June (b. 30 November 1953, East Oakland California, USA, d. 11 April 2006, Santa Monica, California, USA), were all born and raised in East Oakland, California, USA, and first sang together in the West Oakland Church of God where their parents were ministers. Despite their fami Read more

Bananarama - 72% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England in 1980, this all-female pop trio originally comprised Keren Woodward (2 April 1961, Bristol, England), Sarah Dallin (b. 17 December 1961, Bristol, England) and Siobhan Fahey (b. Siobhan Marie Fahey, 10 September 1958, Dublin, Eire). After singing impromptu at various parties and pubs in London, the trio was recorded by former Sex Pistols drummer Pa Read more

Lionel Richie - 71% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, where he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-60s. In 1968, he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed to Atlantic Records in 1968 for a one-record contract, before moving to Motown Records, being schooled as support act to the Jackson Five. T Read more

Starship - 71% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Paul Young - 69% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Anthony Young, 17 January 1956, Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Prior to his major success as a solo artist, Young was a former member of Streetband, who made the UK charts in 1978 with the novelty record ‘Toast’. He was then part of the much-loved Q-Tips, a band that did much to preserve an interest in 60s soul and R&B. As the Q-Tips collapsed from exhausti Read more

Dan Hartman - 64% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 November 1951, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 March 1994, Westport, Connecticut, USA. Hartman’s multi-instrumental talents and light tenor were first heard by North America at large when he served bands led, together and separately, by Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter. Employment by the latter from 1973-77 brought the greatest commercial rewards - principally via Read more

Rick Astley - 61% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Paul Astley, 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England. Astley was the drummer in a local band called Give Way, before joining soul outfit FBI in 1984 as lead vocalist. He was discovered by the successful producer/writer Pete Waterman in 1985 and worked at Waterman’s PWL studios while waiting for a recording break. In 1987 he recorded a duet, ‘ Read more

Terence Trent D'Arby - 61% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1962, Manhattan, New York, USA. A soulful pop singer, D’Arby first became involved with the music business while posted as a soldier in Germany where he joined a local funk band, Touch, in 1983 (Early Works, a collection of his contributions to Touch, was released in 1989). Following his move to London he recorded a demo tape which was impressive enough for CBS Read more

Wet Wet Wet - 61% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Scottish pop band was formed in 1982 by Marti Pellow (Mark McLachlan, 23 March 1965, Clydebank, Scotland; vocals), Graeme Clark (b. 15 April 1966, Glasgow, Scotland; bass/vocals), Neil Mitchell (b. 8 June 1965, Helensburgh, Scotland; keyboards), and Tommy Cunningham (b. 22 June 1964, Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland; drums). The quartet took their name from a line in the S Read more

Milli Vanilli - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This infamous pop duo comprised Rob Pilatus (8 June 1965, New York, USA, d. 3 April 1998, Frankfurt, Germany) who was brought up in an orphanage, and Fabrice Morvan (b. 14 May 1966), who was training to be a trampoline athlete until a fall damaged his neck. Based in Germany, they worked as dancers for various German groups, before forming their own duo combining rap and soul Read more

Deniece Williams - 56% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Deniece Chandler, 3 June 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA. Williams is a gospel/soul singer whose successes span the 70s and 80s. As a child she sang in a gospel choir and made her first recordings in the late 60s for the Chicago-based Toddlin’ Town label. After training as a nurse, she was hired by Stevie Wonder to join his Wonderlove vocal backing group. She contributed to fo Read more

Johnny Hates Jazz - 55% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Purveyors of super-slick pop, this UK band derived their unusual name from a friend called Johnny who, literally, did not like jazz. The line-up featured Calvin Hayes (England; keyboards/drums), Mike Nocito (b. 5 August 1963, Wiesbaden, Germany; guitar/bass) and Clark Datchler (b. England; vocals/keyboards), the son of former Stargazers member Fred Datchler. Datchler was lat Read more

Shalamar - 55% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This act was created by Dick Griffey, booking agent for US television’s Soul Train show, and Simon Soussan, a veteran of UK’s northern soul scene. The latter produced ‘Uptown Festival’, a medley of popular Motown Records favourites, which was issued on Griffey’s Solar label. Although credited to ‘Shalamar’, the track featured session musicians Read more

Kenny Loggins - 54% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Children's Music Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 January 1948, Everett, Washington, USA. Loggins, who began his career as a staff writer for Wingate Music, came to prominence as a member of Loggins And Messina from 1971-77. After separating from Jim Messina, he set out on a solo recording career, specialising in rock ballads such as ‘Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’’, a 1978 US Top 5 hit which was co-writ Read more

Mel & Kim - 54% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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One of Stock, Aitken And Waterman’s acts, Mel (Melanie Susan Appleby, 11 July 1966, London, England, d. 19 January 1990) and sister Kim (b. Kim Appleby, 28 August 1961, London, England) were two East End, London girls with a neat line in pop dance routines. They both started their careers as models - a fact which would come back to haunt them when topless pictures of Me Read more


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